India (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Banned
Testing: No tests required
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 08.09.2021
1. Until 30 September 2021, flights to India are suspended.
– This does not apply to relief, repatriation and humanitarian flights.
2. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals of India;
– residents of India;
– nationals of Nepal and Bhutan;
– passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet;
– passengers with a Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport and an NOC (No Objection Certificate) issued by the Ministry of External Affairs;
– passengers with a visa (excluding medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020, and tourist visas(Type T)) issued by India;
– passengers with an E-visa (excluding E-Tourist visas) issued by India;
– passengers returning from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives or Nepal via India to their country of residence.
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Bangalore (BLR), Chennai (MAA), Delhi (DEL), Hyderabad (HYD), Kolkata (CCU) or Mumbai (BOM) to a third country.
4. E-Tourist visas and tourist visas (Type T) are no longer valid.
5. Medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020 are no longer valid.
6. Passengers must complete the self-declaration form at www.newdelhiairport.in before departure.
7. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test must be uploaded at www.newdelhiairport.in .
8. Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bahrain, France, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., Ukraine or United Arab Emirates are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival at their own expense.
9. Passengers arriving from Brazil, South Africa or United Kingdom are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival and another test on day 7 at their own expense.
10. Passengers are subject to medical screening
11. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. Details can be found at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf .
12. Airline crew who are arriving from or have transited through Afghanistan, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom:
– must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; and
– could be subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test upon arrival.
13. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards which have expired are considered valid until 31 December 2021.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Travel to India for tourism and most other short-term purposes is still not permitted.

However, some additional categories of travelers including certain business travelers, as well as individuals moving to India as residents, are permitted.

As of February 22, 2021, all international travelers arriving in India, regardless of vaccination status, must upload a negative RT-PCR report to the Air Suvidha portal (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/allairports) taken within 72 hours of the start of their journey. Additional testing on entry/quarantine may apply depending on country of embarkment/transit.

All international passengers must visit in/airsuvidha/allairportsand (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/allairports) submit a self-declaration form at least 72 hours prior to departure for India.

Health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry. The type of screening depends upon where the traveler is coming from and/or transiting through.

-Travelers coming from or transiting through the UK, Europe, Brazil, South Africa, or the Middle East must submit to and pay for a confirmatory molecular test upon arrival. All other international travelers must submit to thermal (fever) screening upon arrival. Passengers who are symptomatic or screened positive for fever or virus will be taken to designated isolation facilities for further evaluation and testing.

-The information on these passengers will be shared with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare staff for further follow-up.

See the chart here https://bit.ly/3BtwCbL for further details

 

Lockdown Details

All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.

The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalized if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
 

Sources

https://in.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co